Jun 11, 2013

Iranian Kurdistan: Presidential Candidates Discuss Future Of Minorities

Two presidential candidates have taken interesting but different positions with regard to the treatment of ethnic and religious minorities in Iran, in the run-up to the elections on 14 June 2013. 

Below is an article published by Trend:

All national and ethnic minorities living in Iran, especially Kurdish intellectuals will work in the Cabinet of Ministers, the former IRGC chief commander Mohsen Rezaee who nominated his candidacy in the presidential elections from Conservative (Usulgeralar) Camp stated during his speech in Kurdistan province, ISNA agency reported.

Rezaee said that, there should not be a discrimination between ethnic minorities: "There are not any differences between Kurds and other ethnic minorities. Supporting some minorities and ignoring others should not be allowed in the country".

In order to raise the welfare of the people, along with the fact that the work should be done by specialists and professionals, the interests of religious and ethnic minorities should also be provided, the presidential candidate said.

"If I am elected as the president, I will fulfill articles 15 and 19 of the Iranian Constitution, which provide all national minorities with the education in their native languages. I am not troubled that national minorities will study in their mother languages," Rezaee underscored.

During his speech in the province of Kurdistan, another presidential candidate who is well-known for his proximity to the camp of reformers Hassan Rouhani said that all the nations living in Iran, should have the same civil rights.

"I do not put differences between the articles 3,15, 19 and 22 of the Iranian Constitution," Rouhani said.

According to him, the Iranian people is one nation, and that a person who puts differences between Kurds, Turks, Lurs, Balochis, Turkmens, Arabs and Persians, is himself not an Iranian.

The 11th presidential election In Iran, will be held on June 14, 2013.

Voters will choose a successor to the current president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who cannot run for a third term in accordance with the constitution of the country.

The Iranian president is elected for a term of four years.